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Houston, TX to Chicago, IL by train

The journey from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL by train is 940.38 mi and takes 44 hr 25 min. There are 1 connections per day, with the first departure at 12:10 PM and the last at 6:55 PM. It is possible to travel from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL by train for as little as $165.22 or as much as $353.65. The best price for this journey is $165.22.

Lowest Price$165.22
Journey Duration44 hr 25 min
Connection per Day1
Lowest Price$165.22
Highest Price$353.65
First Departure12:10 PM
Last Departure6:55 PM
Distance940.38 mi
DepartureHouston, TX
ArrivalChicago, IL
CarriersAmtrak

Houston, TX to Chicago, IL Train Times

Departure date
Sunday, Mar 3, 2024

Traveling from Houston, TX, to Chicago, IL, by train

The journey from Houston to Chicago captures the essence of America's evolving landscapes and the spirit of its cities. With an average travel duration of 44 hr 25 min, the distance spanning these two major hubs is approximately 940.38 mi. There are about 1 train connections between Houston and Chicago every day. Prospective travelers can anticipate the starting ticket price to be around $165.22. Departures from Houston by train are mainly from stations, connecting to stations in Chicago. While there might not be a direct link between every station on this journey, Virail provides information on direct and transfer connections to facilitate your travel. As a general travel tip, arriving at least 30 minutes before your train's departure ensures smooth boarding and a timely departure.

This voyage is primarily facilitated by Amtrak, especially through the Texas Eagle service. This route offers a relaxing journey and showcases a myriad of landscapes, from the heart of Texas to the vibrant atmosphere of Chicago. Throughout the trip, travelers can opt for various sleeping arrangements to enhance their comfort, ranging from individual roomettes to spacious bedrooms tailored for families.

Discover Chicago: The Windy City

You will arrive at Chicago´s Union Station. Union Station is as a major railway juncture, connecting the Windy City to various destinations across the nation via Amtrak's myriad services. Locally, it's more than just a long-distance rail depot. The station is intrinsically linked with the city's pulse, offering seamless connections to the Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) buses and 'L' trains, Metra commuter rail services, and even water taxis on the nearby Chicago River. 

Standing tall on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago is a testament to architectural marvels, deep-rooted cultural heritage, and culinary ingenuity. Renowned for its iconic skyline, historic theaters, and vibrant arts scene, the city promises an immersive experience. Whether it's the allure of jazz echoing from its streets or the taste of its famous deep-dish pizza, Chicago leaves an indelible impression on its visitors.

The city's neighborhoods, each infused with its distinct character and history, offer a mosaic of experiences. From the artsy Wicker Park to the historic Bronzeville, Chicago is a city of stories waiting to be explored and told.

Things to do/see in Chicago:

  1. Marvel at the city's skyline from the Skydeck at Willis Tower.
  2. Stroll along the Magnificent Mile and indulge in some retail therapy.
  3. Relax and enjoy the serene landscapes of Millennium Park and Grant Park.
  4. Explore the Art Institute of Chicago, home to renowned art collections.
  5. Experience the vibrant nightlife and live music, especially in neighborhoods like Logan Square and Lincoln Park.
  6. Learn about Chicago's rich history at the Chicago History Museum.
  7. Embark on an architectural boat tour along the Chicago River.
  8. Indulge in Chicago's diverse food scene, ranging from famous hot dogs to gourmet dining.

Things to eat/drink in Chicago:

  1. Delight in the iconic Chicago deep-dish pizza.
  2. Savor the flavors of Chicago-style hot dogs sans the ketchup.
  3. Indulge in Italian beef sandwiches, a local delicacy.
  4. Sample craft beers from the city's thriving brewing scene.

Day trips from Chicago

The strategic location of Chicago provides ample opportunities for memorable day trips. Dive into the charm of smaller towns like Evanston, explore the dunes at Indiana Dunes National Park, or immerse yourself in the rich history of Galena. Nature enthusiasts can find solace in Starved Rock State Park, while those inclined towards architecture can visit the renowned Frank Lloyd Wright's home in Oak Park.

Chicago Travel Tips

To maximize your Chicago experience, use the city's efficient public transportation system, the 'L' train. Given the city's status as a central tourist hub, planning visits to popular attractions during off-peak hours can help evade the crowds. Additionally, Chicago's weather can be unpredictable, especially in the transitional seasons, so packing layers is advisable. Finally, watch for city festivals and events, often showcasing the city's vibrant cultural tapestry.

For those considering the train journey from Houston to Chicago, we're here to help streamline your travel plans. Weigh your options, from trains to buses and flights, and choose the most convenient and budget-friendly mode of transportation. To further assist your decision-making, check out Virail's comprehensive price calendar below, which compares fares and routes between Houston and Chicago.

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Looking for the best deal on a train ticket for your trip? Here are 4 ways to get cheap train tickets from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL.

Book in advance and save

If you're looking for the best deal for your trip from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL, booking train tickets in advance is a great way to save money, but keep in mind that advance tickets are usually not available until 3 months before your travel date.

Stay flexible with your travel time and explore off-peak journeys

Planning your trips around off-peak travel times not only means that you'll be able to avoid the crowds, but can also end up saving you money. Being flexible with your schedule and considering alternative routes or times will significantly impact the amount of money you spend on getting from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL.

Always check special offers

Checking on the latest deals can help save a lot of money, making it worth taking the time to browse and compare prices. So make sure you get the best deal on your ticket and take advantage of special fares for children, youth and seniors as well as discounts for groups.

Unlock the potential of slower trains or connecting trains

If you're planning a trip with some flexible time, why not opt for the scenic route? Taking slower trains or connecting trains that make more stops may save you money on your ticket – definitely worth considering if it fits in your schedule.

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The cheapest Houston, TX - Chicago, IL train tickets can be found for as low as $178.59 if you’re lucky, or $255.84 on average. The most expensive ticket can cost as much as $415.41.

Find the best day to travel to Chicago, IL by train

When travelling to Chicago, IL by train, if you want to avoid crowds you can check how frequently our customers are travelling in the next 30-days using the graph below. On average, the peak hours to travel are between 6:30am and 9am in the morning, or between 4pm and 7pm in the evening. Please keep this in mind when travelling to your point of departure as you may need some extra time to arrive, particularly in big cities!

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Houston, TX to Chicago, IL CO2 Emissions by Train

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Train
105.94kg
Bus
113.5kg
Flight
302.68kg
Car
242.14kg
What are the CO2 emissions from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL by train? The CO2 emissions from taking the train between Houston, TX and Chicago, IL are 105.94kg.
How much CO2 do I save by taking the train between Houston, TX and Chicago, IL? By taking the train between Houston, TX and Chicago, IL you will save 196.74kg CO2 emissions compared to a flight, 7.56kg compared to a bus and 136.2kg compared to a car.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much is a train ticket from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL?
A train ticket from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL is $237.02. However the price varies depending on how early you buy, and if it's peak time to travel. Occasionally you can find them for as cheap as $165.22.
What's the cheapest train ticket from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL?
The cheapest ticket you can get from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL is $165.22. We recommend booking as early as possible and off-peak hours to get the cheapest ticket possible. Off-peak times are usually from 09:30 to 16:00, and after 19:00.
What's the distance between Houston, TX and Chicago, IL by train?
Houston, TX to Chicago, IL is 940.38 mi.
How long does the train between Houston, TX and Chicago, IL take?
Houston, TX to Chicago, IL is on average 44 hr 25 min. However the fastest option will get you there in 42 hr 47 min.
How many train connections per day go from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL?
Houston, TX to Chicago, IL has 1 connection(s) per day on average.
What time does the first train from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL leave?
The earliest train from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL departs at 12:10 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
What time does the last train from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL depart?
The latest train from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL departs at 6:55 PM. However be sure to check with us the schedule on the day you want to leave as the time may differ.
Should I book my ticket from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL in advance?
If you can, we recommend booking your ticket as early as possible to ensure you get better savings. The cheapest train ticket we have found is $165.22 but this may be subject to change depending on the day of travel, hour you wish to depart and how far in advance you book.
From which stations can I leave from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL?
There are 3 station(s) that you can depart from Houston, TX to go to Chicago, IL. You can go from Houston Gray St Parking (Bus Station), Houston Xpress Delivery and William P. Hobby Airport and you can arrive at Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago/Rockford International Airport, Union Station and O'Hare International Airport.
What's the fastest journey time between Houston, TX to Chicago, IL by train?
The fastest journey time by train between Houston, TX and Chicago, IL is 42 hr 47 min.
Is there a direct train from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL?
Yes, there is a direct train between Houston, TX and Chicago, IL.
What are the CO2 emissions for Houston, TX to Chicago, IL by train?
The train journey from Houston, TX to Chicago, IL creates 105.94kg of CO2 emissions.

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